Our staff works hard to keep our programs running. With the help of countless volunteers,
they are constantly doing their best to ensure the best programs for children.

Mai-Lynn Sahd, MSW

Executive Director

Mai-Lynn Abel Sahd is one of 12 adoptees of the Abel family, founders of Brittany’s Hope. Adopted at the age of 8 from Viet Nam, her background as an adoptee led her to pursue a career in the nonprofit field. Mai-Lynn obtained her undergraduate degree from Elizabethtown College and her Masters in International and Community Development from Monmouth University.  Mai-Lynn’s professional experience has included working as a birth parent counselor and multi-cultural counselor for survivors of human trafficking and torture/asylum seekers. In her free time, Mai-Lynn enjoys traveling and spending time cooking for others. Mai-Lynn can be reached at sahdm@brittanyshope.org.

Carrie McCullough, MPA

Managing Director

Carrie has worked in the non-profit sector for 10 years, focusing on family welfare & humanitarian efforts. Always interested in international relations, Carrie received her undergraduate degree from Millersville University in 2007 & her Masters in Public Administration from Widener University in 2014. Striving to make the world a more equitable place, Carrie is an avid volunteer, spending her time with many local organizations including the Junior League of Lancaster, Clare House, and the Lancaster City Human Relations Committee, An avid traveler, Carrie has a goal of visiting 1 new country each year. Carrie can be reached at mcculloughc@brittanyshope.org.

Paula Tobias

Adoption Grant Coordinator

A native Pennsylvanian, Paula fell in love with kids at a very young age. Inspired by a neighborhood friend who suffered from epilepsy, she quickly developed a deep passion for helping others. This resolve stuck with her through college, leading her to get an undergraduate degree in Sociology with a minor in Criminal Justice , at York College of Pennsylvania. Over 30 years later, Paula provides assistance to the Brittany’s Hope team and is happy spending time with her family and friends, playing sports,coaching her kids, and cheering on the Steelers. Paula can be reached at tobiasp@brittanyshope.org

Sharon Sparkes

Creative Coordinator

Sharon Sparkes is a creative, mother, wife, and friend. Her life’s creed is “what you’re is capable of doing matters.” A native Delawarean, Sharon moved to Lancaster for college and is a graduate of Pennsylvania College of Art & Design with a BFA in Illustration and Academy of Art University with a MFA in Animation & Digital Media. During her free time, she works to empower young adults with cognitive disabilities through theater and visual arts. On weekends Sharon can be found spending time with friends & family, drawing, and enjoying local parks. Sharon can be reached at sparkess@brittanyshope.org.

Alicia Kautz

Finance Coordinator

Alicia’s passion for helping others has led to over twenty years with nonprofit organizations both nationally and locally. She has vast experience in financial, administrative, fundraising, and community outreach areas. Alicia believes her compassion with service to others led her to obtain a degree in Allied Health from Yorktowne Business Institute. She has two adopted children and can appreciate the effort needed to help children find their forever family. When Alicia is not playing with numbers, you will find her spending time with her family, baking, and enjoying nature at the family cabin. Alicia can be reached at kautza@brittanyshope.org.

 

Jackie Michaels, MS

Humanitarian Aid Coordinator

Raised in central Pennsylvania, Jackie grew up with a passion for helping others. After obtaining her BA in Sociology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Jackie spent time working with vulnerable populations, including domestic violence survivors and individuals with intellectual disabilities. Interested in the intersection between social disparities and health outcomes, Jackie went on to conduct research on child malnutrition in India and earn her MS in Global Health from Maastricht University in The Netherlands. Back in the US, Jackie loves to travel, hike, and spend time with loved ones. Jackie can be reached at michaelsj@brittanyshope.org.

Le Thi Thu Hong

Viet Nam Program Director

Hong resides in Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam. Her true passion in life is to help people. She graduated from Ho Chi Minh Economic University and started working in humanitarian work in 2003. Hong fell in love with this type of work, and 17 years later, she is still dedicating herself to improving the lives of the poor and underprivileged people of Vietnam, especially orphans and children in need. In her free time, Hong’s other interests include volunteering for good causes, traveling, nature, and, of course, spending time with her family. Hong can be reached at hong@brittanyshope.org.

Bui Thi Huyen

Viet Nam Program Assistant

Orphaned at a young age, Huyen grew up with a desire to help others, especially those with similar backgrounds to her own. With the support of Ha Tinh Village and Brittany’s Hope, Huyen graduated from Vinh University in 2019 with a BA in English, ready to make a difference in the lives of orphaned and at-risk children in Viet Nam. After completing an extensive internship at the Vietnam office of Brittany’s Hope, Huyen’s new role enables her to work with the very program that helped her get to this point, giving back to her community. When outside the office, Huyen loves to read, play with dogs, travel, and play sports. You can reach Huyen at Huyen@brittanyshope.org.

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